Category Archive: Books & Media

Songs & Stories of the Dust Bowl with Ramblin’ Richard

Wednesday October 5, 2016  MILFORD TOWN HALL BANQUET ROOM
6:30 PM until 8:00 PM

rkruppa“Ramblin’ Richard” presents a program of songs and stories relating to John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” this year’s NEA Big Read and representing the era of the Dust Bowl and the economic depression of the 1930s.

The program includes the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the song that spawned the title of Steinbeck’s book.  Other songs in the program include “Tom Joad,” and other tunes mentioned in the book and from those times, such as “So Long it’s Been Good to Know You,” written as the worst of all the dust storms swept through the Southern Plains in 1935, and “Do Re Mi”that expresses the plight of the “Okies” who traveled west looking for a better life- families just like the Joads.  Richard sings the songs, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo and baritone ukulele, and tells their stories, explaining how they are tied to and represent the book and the times.

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, Fireseed Alliance, Crotched Mountain, NH Humanities and the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce.

This event will be held at the Milford Town Hall Banquet Room. Use the entrance on Middle Street and take the elevator to the 3rd floor. REGISTER TODAY!


A Very Special Milford Contra Dance – A Big Read Event

Friday September 23, 2016
7:30 PM until 10:30 PM

The NEA Big Read celebrates Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath at a very special contra dance at the Milford Town Hall Auditorium, featuring fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki and guitarist Jim Prendergast leading the Milford Musicians. Caller Round Robin.

All dances taught; fun for all ages! grapesbook

Adults – $7; Seniors & Students – $5.; Under 12 are free.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

The Big Read is sponsored by Fireseed Alliance, The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, Crotched Mountain, and New Hampshire Humanities.

Evening Book Group

Tuesday September 27, 2016
7:00 PM until 8:15 PM

Our selection this month is The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

An award-winning foreign correspondent who contributed to a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series reveals the secret Afghan custom of disguising girls as boys to improve their prospects, discussing its political and social significance as well as the experiences of its practitioners.

Copies are available at the Main Desk. Newcomers welcome.

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